Anthony F. Grande


Adjunct Lecturer, Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter College-CUNY


Phone: 212-772-5265
Office: 1032 HN


Mr. Anthony F. Grande is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Geography of the Hunter College School of Arts and Sciences. He is retired from of the Hunter College School of Social Work where he was the School’s chief administrative officer. He has an MA in Geography from The Catholic University of America and the MSEd degree in Higher Education Administration from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College-CUNY where he ranked first in the graduating class.

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Grande received his BA in geography from Hunter College. After a period of active duty as a member of the New York Army National Guard (NYANG), he attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on a full teaching scholarship and earned an M.A. in Geography. While finishing his master's thesis, "An Analysis of the Movement of the Business District of Port Washington, NY," he began working for Columbia University Press. As an associate editor in the Regional Studies Department of The New Columbia Encyclopedia, he was responsible for all "geography" and "geographers" articles. This included fact-checking and updating existing articles, researching and writing new entries, as well as coordinating a score of consultants and researchers. As a member of the NYANG, he achieved the rank of sergeant and the positions of Platoon Leader and Operations Assistant in the S-3 section of Battalion Headquarters of the 106th Infantry where his geographical background was utilized in the planning of training exercises.

Mr. Grande was selected for a position created by the Dean of the former Hunter College Division of Sciences and Mathematics to manage the then Department of Geology and Geography as Assistant to Chair. He entered the higher education officer (HEO) series when his position was upgraded after the establishment of the Geography Master of Arts program. For 17 years he coordinated the annual Geography Awareness Week activities at Hunter College and authored and edited numerous geography awareness week pamphlets that are distributed around the college. He was the faculty advisor to GeoNews, the Department's student-run newsletter, for 16 years. In November 2005 he was presented with the Anastasia Van Burkalow Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of his 30 years of service to the Department of Geography. He is a charter member of the Hunter College Theta Pi Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geography honor society.

In 2005, he was selected to fill the opening in the School of Social Work as Assistant to Dean and Director of Financial Management. His functional job description was the executive assistant to the Dean and chief operating officer for the School of Social Work. He was responsible for the day-to-day activities of the School, including budgeting, scheduling, personnel actions, students’ problems, information technology, facilities, crisis management and being a liaison with other college and university offices at the director and vice presidential levels. He retired from this position in 2010.

Mr. Grande continues as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College. For over 30 years he has regularly taught sections of introductory geography and the Geography of New York State, a subject in which he has special interest. He was a co-principal investigator on the New York State textbook and atlas project, which was supported by two Hunter College Presidential Incentive and Teaching Grant awards. Over the years he has done freelance research for several publishers and has reviewed geography textbook manuscripts.

Mr. Grande has been an active member of the Hunter College community. He received a Presidential Staff Development Award while pursuing the MSEd degree in Higher Education Administration. He was one of the original members of the Hunter College HEO Forum, a professional organization of Hunter College administrators of in the HEO series. Repeatedly, he was elected to the Forum's Steering Committee, serving two terms as its Vice-Chair, two terms as its Chair, and one term as its Acting Chair. He was the first HEO from an academic department to be appointed by the President to sit on the college's HEO Screening Committee. He has served on numerous college-wide committees, including search committees for Provost, Vice President of Administration, Dean of Diversity, and Associate Director of Human Resources, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the Hunter College Middle States Association Recertification and the Advisory Committee for the Reorganization of the School of Arts and Sciences. He chaired the Hunter College HEO Labor-Management Committee for three years.


general geography, regional geography of New York State, geographic education

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